Dana Walrath

Commentator

Dana Walrath, a writer, artist and anthropologist, likes to cross borders and disciplines with her work. After years of using stories and art to teach medical students at University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, she spent 2012-2013 as a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia where she completed Like Water on Stone, her award winning verse novel about the Armenian genocide of 1915. Her graphic memoir, Aliceheimer’s about life with her mother, Alice, before and during dementia, has been featured in the New York Times , the Los Angeles Review of Books , the Philadelphia Inquirer and on NPR. She has spoken extensively about the role of comics in healing throughout North America and Eurasia including two TEDx talks. Passionate about the power of art for social change, her most recent art installation “ View from the High Ground ” uses interactive artists books to engage with dehumanization in nine of the genocides of the past five hundred years. This piece has already garnered her invitations to share it with a broad international audiences ranging from the annual conference of the Paris based group Women in War: Think Tank for Gendering Armed Conflict, an inner city Philadelphia public high school, to the International School in Kobe, Japan . Her anthropological work on childbirth, genocide, and the end of life has appeared in edited volumes and anthropological journals and she is a co-author of one of the leading college textbook series in anthropology. H er recent essays have appeared in Slate, Somatosphere and Foreign Policy . She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a BA in visual arts and biology from Barnard College. You can visit her at danawalrath.com

My grandparents arrived in America, refugees of a genocide perpetrated by an Islamic government against its Christian citizens.